Fall Semester Reading List

What Am I Reading this Semester?

Here are some of the books I will be reading as part of the courses I’m taking this semester. These are not all of them, nor does this list include the hundreds of individual articles and chapters. I’ve only selected works which are books to be read in their entirety.

Christ and the Good Life with Miroslav Volf

  1. The Gospel of Luke. This is the gospel we center the class around as we discuss Christ’s vision of the good life.
  2. The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
  3. God Sent His Son by Cardinal Christoph Schonborn
  4. Jesus, Divine Physician by Cardinal Christoph Schonborn
  5. Joy and Human Flourishing, ed. by Miroslav Volf
  6. Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World by Miroslav Volf
  7. Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor
  8. Tree of Life by Bonaventure
  9. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
  10. Theology of Work by Miroslav Volf

Early Christian Theology with Christopher Beeley

  1. On the Incarnation by Athanasius of Alexandria
  2. Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
  3. Teaching Christianity by Augustine of Hippo
  4. On the Unity of Christ by Cyril of Alexandria
  5. On God and Christ (5 Theological Orations) by Gregory of Nazianzus
  6. Three Treatises on the Divine Images by St. John of Damascus
  7. The First and Second Apology of Justin Martyr
  8. Against Heresies by Irenaeus of Lyons
  9. First Principles by Origen of Alexandria

Christianity and Ecology with Matthew Riley

  1. The Christian Future and the Fate of the Earth by Thomas Berry
  2. A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet’s Future by Roger Gottlieb

This class is almost entirely centered around various journal articles but to a greater degree than my other courses, hence, the small reading list.

Reading Joshua: Contemporary Hermeneutical Issues with Carolyn Sharp

  1. Walter Brueggemann’s Divine Presence Amid Violence: Contextualizing the Book of Joshua. This work grapples with the violence of the book of Joshua and how one could understand our God to be included in that violence on such a massive scale.
  2. Daniel L. Hawk’s Joshua. This is basically a commentary from the perspective of literary criticism.
  3. Eric Seibert’s The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testament’s Troubling Legacy. As you may assume, Seibert attempts to get his readers to read the OT in a non-violent way rather than to merely comply with its sanctioned violence.


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